Where Are They Now? 5 Minor John Hughes Actors You've Probably Completely Forgotten About
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Where Are They Now? 5 Minor John Hughes Actors You've Probably Completely Forgotten About

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | October 25, 2012 | Comments ()

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So, here's a stroll through my brain space this Thursday morning, and a good reason why we call them "seriously random" lists. It allows us the freedom to come up with any dumb idea rattling around in our heads and turn it into a list. This job is great.

Anyway, don't ask me why, but for some reason, I remembered the gap-toothed Robert Downey. Jr. in Weird Science this morning, and that led to a thought about that other guy he bummed around with in the movie, Max, who has got to be considered the Andrew Ridgeley of Weird Science, right?

This is what Andrew Ridgely looks like these days.


For our younger readers, Ridgely was in Wham! Oh, What! was a boy-band duo. The other guy was George Michael. You don't know who that is, either? Huge 80s sex symbol, turned out to be gay? No? Nevermind.

Anyway, so I looked up that guy from Weird Science, who was played by Robert Rusler, and then I noticed, Woah! He got old, and then I thought, Damn. It's been 25 years since Hughes' heyday, so, really, we've all gotten old, haven't we? There's a whole generation of people who barely have any idea who John Hughes in. In fact, Anna Kendrick plays a character in Pitch Perfect who had somehow made it to college without ever seeing Breakfast Club. That's insane. And disrespectful to humanity.

So, that thought led me onto another pursuit of some more of the minor characters from the Hughes-verse, which led to this post, which does not include Mia Sara because she was a major character in Ferris Bueller. She looks like this now.


Still adorable! Also, I discovered that some people from the Hughes-verse have died. Like, Dana Hill, who played the sister in European Vacation, who died of complications due to diabetes when she was only 32. Also, Alexa Kenin -- who played Jena Hoeman in Pretty in Pink -- died before that film was even released (looks like it was a suicide).

That gave me the sads, but then I remember that Elizabeth McGovern was the lead in She's Having a Baby, and she's in "Downton Abbey," which is pretty cool. Molly Ringwald actually declined that part, which created a rift between her and Hughes that would last the rest of his life, a thought that gave me the sads, again, but then I thought: Well, it'd be weird if Molly Ringwald was on "Downton Abbey," wouldn't it?

Things work out for a reason, you know? Anyway, here's what Rusler and four other guys from the Hughes universe look like these days. If you don't know who John Hughes is, please go watch Breakfast Club. Now. Then Ferris Bueller. Then Sixteen Candles. Then Pretty in Pink. Then Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, then Weird Science. Watch them in that order, and do not go to sleep until you're finished.

Robert Rusler (Max in Weird Science): He was in "Babylon 5" in the 90s, and he still occasionally will show up in a bit part on a TV show, like "Bones" last year.


Craig Sheffer (Hardy Jenns in Some Kind of Wonderful): I wouldn't otherwise know this because I rarely watch The CW, but the man was in "One Tree Hill" all nine seasons of the show. Man, how did I miss that?

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Jason Lively (Rusty Griswold from European Vacation (Not the Rusty Griswold played by Anthony Michael Hall in Vacation): Works in a computer company in Utah, and HOLY SHIT, he's the half-brother of Blake Lively.



Justin Henry (Mike Baker, the little brother, in Sixteen Candles): He was also the kid in Kramer and Kramer, and he'll still pop up sporadically in a television show. He was, for instance, Chester Gould in "Lost." No, I don't remember who that was, either.



Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles): He was on "E.R." for six years, and doesn't do much of note these days, although he did play the hotel manager in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.



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  • longcoat000

    Craig Sheffer will always be Aaron Boone.

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    Also, vaguely related: I watched Sixteen Candles again the other day and there's a bit near the end when they're going to the wedding and the grandparents get in the car. One of the grandmothers looks like she gets in the back as the door closes, but she actually bends down and attempts to get out of shot, but you see her on the drive as the car pulls away. I dunno if she couldn't fit in or just couldn't be bothered for that take, but it amused me.

  • zeke_the_pig

    If it's never been done before, I'd be quite curious to see a demographic analysis of Pajiba. Specifically age.

  • Jezzer

    "In fact, Anna Kendrick plays a character in Pitch Perfect who had somehow made it to college without ever seeing Breakfast Club."

    And yet, You People all insist this movie is somehow good?

  • John G.

    I would agree with you 100%, but despite myself I did like Pitch Perfect. Anna Kendrick always wins me over.

  • Three_nineteen

    And in early 2014, the new boy band Oh, What! gets the first of eight straight Number 1 hits.

  • roodle

    UMMM which one is Jason Lively in the real time photo?? it looks like him on the left, but he was a ginger in the 80s...?

  • Bethany

    Forget these minor characters, and put your investigative skills to use in finding proof of life of Jake from Sixteen Candles. Michael Schoeffling, where art thou?

  • Michael ParĂ©

    Michael Schoeffling pulled what is commonly called "The Reverse Harrison Ford" as he is married with two children and living in Northern Pennsylvania where he is a carpenter and woodworker.

  • Puddin

    Blake Lively's sister is Teen Witch as well. She gets all the cool relatives.

  • The Pink Hulk

    AND she was in the Reunion episode of "30 Rock" as well. LOVE her.

  • Actually, Craig Sheffer was killed off in like Season 3 or 4 of One Tree Hill... Um, uh.... my roommate was really into OTH in college?

  • pajiba

    IMDB list him as 2003-2012. Did his ghost return?

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    Yes, yes his ghost did return, to torment Evil Dan, and to appear whenever one of the teen characters was near death/in a coma, which happened a fair amount. And yes I did watch the whole damn thing. No I am not proud.

  • That is definitely possible, but he was absolutely murdered during a high school shooting.

  • seth

    Kramer and Kramer? Is that the happy rom-com follow up to Kramer vs. Kramer?

  • pajiba

    It's the prequel.

  • llp

    Ah, the 80s, before veneers took over the world.

  • e jerry powell

    I'm really glad that the John Hughes canon doesn't fit into the African-American stereotype, because frankly, my exposure to all the Hughes-strain of Pretty White Kids With Problems films was limited to The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller.

    Unless you want to count Mr. Mom, which I watched mostly for Teri Garr.

  • John G.

    "Dong, where is my automobile?"


  • roodle

    Lake. Big lake.

  • I'm sure all the stress from that kid didn't help grandpa's hyena one bit.

  • pregan68@aol.com

    Paul Gleason (Richard Vernon, Breakfast Club) died in '06.

  • Michael ParĂ©

    You know who is not dead?...Alisan Porter (The Sue of "Curly Sue")...yet it is clear that Dustin is willfully trying to deny that movie's existence.

  • Bedewcrock

    She just got married and had a baby. CURLY SUE!

    (These tidbits are why I trawl People .com and troll commenters)

  • pajiba

    Very, very much so.

  • Alice

    Damnd, Alexa Kenin dying like that unexpectedly touched a nerve.

  • Sadie

    Me too. Doing more research about her death on the internet didn't help. Looks more like murder by an ex-boyfriend than suicide...

  • junierizzle

    How could you not mention Robert Rusler's best movie? THRASIN' I've seen that movie more than any other.

  • The Pink Hulk

    Ummmmmmm negative. His best role was as dreamboat Buzz Ravenel in "Shag: The Movie."

  • junierizzle

    I said movie not role.

  • Guest

    Andrew Ridgeley has aged quite well. A dashing gent.

  • plz_thx

    You don't remember who Chester Gould was on "Lost" because there was no Chester Gould on "Lost", the TV show. He was in this movie, titled "Lost": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt04... I was so relieved to know I hadn't completely spaced a Lost-the-TV-show character!

  • pajiba

    Ha! That explains why I couldn't find an image.

  • e jerry powell

    Craig Sheffer looks like the love child of Mark Wahlberg and Tim DeKay.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I'm thinking a less pale but creepily mustachioed Jim Gaffigan.

  • damnitjanet

    Did anyone else glance at Craig Sheffer and think, DAYUM! David Boreanaz got FAT!

  • Three_nineteen

    I thought "That's what Colin Firth would look like with majorly botched plastic surgery".

  • Bedewcrock

    Yes! Exactly.

  • damnitjanet

    Christ. I'm not having a shitty enough day. Now I get to feel EVEN OLDER, and I want to watch ALL the John Hughes, but I'm at fricking work.

    Thursdays, man. I blame Romney

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